Publishers Weekly reports the New England bookstore and gift shop chain Buck-a-Book will close this month. The reason? Online ordering and discount stores.
“It was a dream we pursued for over 15 years,” founder and president Bruce Moyer [told PW], “but the summer was just overwhelmingly bad. The competition and retail pressure are overwhelming. It’s not just Borders and Barnes & Noble. It’s Wal-Mart and Target, and online competition just gets stronger. There’s no bottom to the price online.”
Target does have an attractive book section. I’ve never bought anything there, but I’ve been tempted.